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Contract Attorney
updated: Feb 14, 2014, 8:59 AM

I'm a software developer and have a prospective contract developing a system for a specialized niche in real estate. Who can recommend a contracts attorney here in town with experience in software development contracts? I am not looking for the $400/hour firms that do software startups, VC funding agreements, and the like. This is a fairly simple contract between me and a small company.

 COMMENT 494811 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-14 09:12 AM

You probably dont need a custom written contract. I've used many a standard services agreement over the years. You can find many on the web and with a little editing have something that will cover your needs. Indemnification and definitions are pretty standard for services. The terms, the SOW and SLA are where you need to be clear as to what you're providing and what happens as a result...

Remember that contracts are for when things go bad, not to assure they go right...


 COMMENT 494833 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-14 10:23 AM

Read: sla-or-sow-understanding-how-theyre-different-and-what-they-do.html at acertassociates. That should help.


 COMMENT 494882 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-14 01:36 PM

How can one be sure things will go right? As an attorney (not a civil contracts attorney), my experience is that a contract makes sure everyone is on the same page from the beginning so as to make it more likely things go right. Wishing you the best of luck with your venture, OP.


 HILLFOLK agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-14 01:52 PM

I have been a professional software developer for close to 30 years and have done a lot of contract development. You need to be very careful about clearly defining intellectual property rights and ownership. I cannot stress that enough. If you use general purpose libraries you have already developed for example, a poorly written contract can cause you to lose your exclusive right to utilize them in the future. Spending a little more for an experienced attorney at the outset could save you a lot of grief in the future.


 COMMENT 495049 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-15 10:03 AM

Atty. Denise Kale. Experience as staff atty. Citrix, Linda dot com. Can get her contact info from Cal Bar website.



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